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Comment Windows 10 (Score 1) 376

My system was built to be a Hackintosh, but I could never get it to work because I missed step 1 in the process: have an existing Mac to make everything you need to install OSX on your Hackintosh.

Anyway...

Windows 10 was stable and fast but the harsh "flat" graphics of the UI ruin it for me. Why would a supposed cutting-edge OS not have cutting-edge visuals?

Comment Why did they make it so ugly? (Score 1) 375

Windows 8 was worse, but Vista and Windows 7 were beautiful. The Aero themes, the shaded window controls, etc. - Vista and 7 were pleasing to the eye. Windows 8 and 10 look like they were just focused on building an OS and planned to add a visual theme later. Or maybe they just liked Windows 3.x so much, they wanted to go back to a flat-looking theme. Either way, I would avoid Windows 10 just because it's ugly even if the data collection concerns didn't exist.

Comment I'm largely alright with this... (Score 1) 205

Especially in regards to car parts. Many of these Chinese manufacturers ship the same item with and without branding. Example: a snorkel for a Toyota 4x4. If it says SAFARI on the side and has been shipped from China to Australia, then to the US, it's $400. If it says nothing and ships from China to you, It's $125. Likewise, eBay is a great source for low-cost radiators, AC condensers, etc. Same low-grade junk the parts stores are selling at twice the price.

It's the free market at work. You can sell your product for whatever you like, but your price point must be competitive with a Chinese knock-off.

Is that so bad?

Comment Doom and Pearl Jam (Score 1) 351

I was 14 when Pearl Jam's 3rd album was released on December 6, 1994. While at at the music store getting my copy on release day, I also stopped into Electronics Boutique and bought the two-disk Doom Shareware. I couldn't get home fast enough!

My Creative Labs 1x cartridge-loading CD-ROM used a TSR driver. You could put the disc in the drive, then use a command-line CD player program to play the music from the disc while in DOS...or in DOS games. I fired up the new album, and began the installation of Doom. Once the game was installed, I turned the in-game music levels all the way down and Vitalogy became my soundtrack for slaying demons and exploring endless corridors. Later, I even wrote a batch file to start the CD playing before starting the game.

I don't know how many hours I spent playing that game the first time, or how many times the album played through, but I remember vividly still seeing the hallways flying by my peripheral vision when laid down and closed my eyes. It was incredible.

I still have the box the shareware came in, but I think the disks themselves have degraded to where they're unusable. I also still have the boxes for D!Zone 150 and Ultimate Doom. For many years now, I've had zDoom and the Doomsday Engine both installed, and I typically play through all 4 episodes when I'm off for Christmas. I have since enjoyed the game's original soundtrack frequently, but from time to time, I still launch WinAmp with the PJ album on repeat before getting into the game.

Comment Doom 3 and the new Doom both have the same problem (Score 1) 46

The developers have made beautiful games, then set them almost entirely in the dark. It's a lazy way to keep players on edge and it's unrealistic. Doom takes place in the future. Don't you think we'll have mastered interior lighting by then, as if we haven't already? Doom 3 was virtually unplayable without the flashlight and duct tape mod. The new Doom looks to have a similar shortfall.

Comment Re:Much more than a false premise (Score 1) 431

The notion that wage disparity is the direct result of government activity and not the market is absurd as it flies in the face of reason.

And who imposed wage freezes in WW2 forcing employers to offer non-monetary compensation, like health insurance? Yes, the government meddles heavily with such things, along with the federal reserve.

Comment Re:Fine Tuning (Score 1) 158

That is likely. No sense in wasting money for licenses to stuff customers don't watch.

Still, RIAA needs to realize for many people, they are competing with FREE. Pirate Bay is zero dollars ever. A trending story earlier this week was that a Blu-Ray rip of whatever the new Star Wars is had appeared. No shit!

Pirating IS the competition! Every book, every video game, every app, every comic, every movie, every Windows/Mac program, every song, every TV show. For free to anyone with an internet connection. Price your wares accordingly.

Makes the rest of us feel like idiots for having a legitimate Windows license, registering WinRAR, and still going to the movies...

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